Feckenham C. of E. First School

A passion for learning, a love of life, in a school that cares

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Feckenham First School

Feckenham Church, or more correctly, the St John the Baptist Church, in Feckenham has a good association with the school. Regular half termly visits and assemblies are undertaken - linked to the curriculum and the school value that is being promoted. In addition, the school benefits from an Open the Book presentation regularly that illustrates bible stories in an interesting and thought provoking manner.
 
Each term there is a celebration assembly in the church and each Christmas there is an exceedingly popular Carol Service undertaken by Years Three and Four. Through the Community Group, the school gets involved in good causes such as the Redditch Food Bank, Syrian Refugees or Operation Christmas Child - and many more. The school has also been an active participant in church activities that aid the curriulum being studied. Rememberance Sunday is a good case in point.
 
The visiting Vicar (CofE) is the Reverend Gary Crellin. He lives in the village and can be contacted by the school if you fancy a chat or have something you would like to talk over. Perhaps a baptism, coming to terms with a situation that is troubling you, a loss or difficulties or even planning a wedding!
 
The school has recently introducedprayer/worry boxes in order to allow children to offer up prayers or concerns and these are attended to each Monday in assembly. The boxes are regulary checked for well being issues that can be tackled directly in the school.
 
 
 
church 1Our School Prayer
Feckenham is our school
Let peace dwell here
Let the rooms be full of contentment
Let love abide here
Love of one another
Love of mankind
Love of life itself
And love of God
Let us remember
That, as many hands build a house
So many hearts build our school.
 
A Message from Rev Crellin - Jan 2018 

What is Epiphany?

Chances are, you are all sitting at home with boxes or bags of decorations to struggle up into the loft or to find the time to put the decorations away in the garage. But should we? Really, we should keep some decorations up until early February, but that’s another story.  Was that a surprise revelation to hear that ?  Well, that’s what the Epiphany is all about - a little four week season just after Christmas that reveals so much.  And very few people know about, I sense. 

Epiphany moments - a wake up call - a revelation- that’s what happened when the Three Wise Men or Kings turned up to see Jesus. Chances are, given the distances and camel speed, they arrived when Jesus was a toddler rather than just in time for Mary to change the godly nappy. But the thing is - they arrived and by doing so we remember as Christians that Jesus was revealed to all of us - for all time. What a revelation!

Another revelation - the epiphany is a traditional time to as God’s Blessing on your homes and schools. How do we do this? Well, write the following on a piece of card and put it up near your front door:

20+C+M+B+18

No, this is not some algebra for Mrs Bray to resolve but an important message.

CMB - is the initials of the names of the three wise men - Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar ( always a good answer to have for a pub quiz question) and they symbolise the revelation. The 20 and 18 is easy = 2018, our new year.   CMB also means Christus Mansionem Benedicat - may Christ Jesus  Bless this House or School.  

Put the card up somewhere and see how many people ask you what it means.

A prayer - Loving God, bless our house and our school. May we be blessed with health, happiness, goodness of heart and abiding in your will.  Amen

 

Rev Gary

 
 
 
 
tamborineLet us all think for a moment about children in need; especially we remember Mrs Mott's children in Kenya.
 
Dear God,
Please help us raise lots of money for children in need so that all children get a childhood, a lovely caring home and are able to go to school.
 
Thank you Lord for all your support,for all the fundraising today and we ask that you show all your love to all children in need today in your world.

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